Hayes State Park

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Walter J. Hayes State Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Walter J Hayes State Park Michigan pinic area on Wamplers Lake.JPG
Picnic area on Wamplers Lake
Map showing the location of Walter J. Hayes State Park
Map showing the location of Walter J. Hayes State Park
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Lenawee County, Michigan USA
Nearest city Onsted, Michigan
Coordinates 42°03′45″N 84°08′15″W / 42.0625°N 84.1375°W / 42.0625; -84.1375Coordinates: 42°03′45″N 84°08′15″W / 42.0625°N 84.1375°W / 42.0625; -84.1375
Area 654 acres (2.65 km2)
Established 1920s
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources


The entrance sign to the park.

Walter J. Hayes State Park is a 654-acre (2.65 km2) state park in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located along US 12 in the Irish Hills region of Lenawee County and extending into small parts of Jackson County and Washtenaw County in the Round Lake area. The park is surrounded by scenic lakes, namely Wamplers Lake, Evans Lake, and Sand Lake, as well as chains of smaller lakes. It is near Cambridge Junction Historic State Park.

First dedicated in the 1920s, Hayes is one of the oldest state parks in Michigan and was originally named "Cedar Hill State Park." It was renamed in honor of Walter J. Hayes, a former Michigan State Senator, after his family donated land to the state for the park.

Facilities and activities[edit]

  • Swimming
  • Playground
  • Fishing: Bass, bluegill, pike and other finny creatures inhabit the waters of Wamplers Lake.
  • Bicycling (Bike lanes on shoulders of Wamplers Lake Rd. and adjacent roads)
  • Picnicking
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelter
  • Camping: A campground has 185 modern sites and a mini cabin.
  • Boating: A launch is located on Wamplers Lake.

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